2021 did not give Roger Federer much satisfaction. The Swiss champion seemed very far from an acceptable condition and did not get the desired results. Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 played just 13 official matches from March to Wimbledon, racking up nine wins and four losses.
The round of 16 at the Roland Garros and the quarterfinals in London were his best seasonal results, too little for a legend like him. A few weeks after the Championships, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he would have to operate on his knee for the third time in the last 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will resume to training at the beginning of the new year, but will not be able to return to the circuit before the summer of 2022. His presence at Wimbledon is therefore at great risk, as Federer himself admitted a few weeks ago.
The Swiss also hailed the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. In a recent interview with Ringier, King Roger admitted that his four children were unaware of his enormous success until recently days. Roger said: "For a long time, my four children had no idea what I had achieved during my tennis career.
It was their friends who revealed to them that I was number 1 in the world. They were literally speechless. My victories have never been an important topic at home." To the microphones of the moneycontrol.com portal, Christopher Clarey, author of a book dedicated to Roger, spoke about the chances of the Swiss player to return to competition.
"I don't think he'll get the success he's looking for and I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to quit soon enough. His last game ended with a bagel at Wimbledon, certainly not the memory Federer wants to leave in the minds of his fans.
The chances of seeing it again at the highest levels are low, it is useless to go around it. The opponents have become stronger and more numerous."
WTA suspends tournaments in China for Peng's issue
WTA has announced the immediate and official suspension of all women's tournaments in China and Hong Kong.
The decision was made after the situation that arose around the Chinese tennis player Shuai Peng, an athlete who had publicly accused one of the main members of the Chinese parliament, Zhang Gaoli, of abuse. Since that moment, any social media publication and any situation relating to the topic has been censored in China.
Strong condemnations by the WTA and its CEO Steve Simon who, from the beginning, accused China and declared himself ready to declare 'war' on the Chinese government. Many have applauded this decision by the WTA, a decision that could bring huge economic damage to women's tennis, estimated at as much as 200 million dollars.
Shuai Peng has appeared on video since that day and everything seems to be back to normal, but the accusations disappeared and the tennis player's own statements appear as a discordant note, almost as if it had all been orchestrated by China.
After the WTA, now all sportsmen and tennis fans are waiting for the reaction of the ATP too, with many asking for the same reaction from the male body as well. The women's Tour is now on the covers of media all over the world and the choice of the WTA is receiving a lot of praise.
Waiting for a decision by the ATP, even the number one in the world Novak Djokovic seems to have taken a clear position and made important statements: "The PTPA is always on the side of the tennis players and fully supports the WTA as at the moment we do not have enough information about Peng Shuai and his current well-being.
I see nothing wrong with the request from the WTA to ask for more clarity on what is happening. I think it is important to support everyone, whether these are men or women and regardless of their organization. It is really sad that we are not given any further information on the subject and as a tennis community we must all be on the same side and be all together."